I often get comments and questions asking about the supplements for pregnancy and while nursing that I take. I talk about the prenatal care options I choose in this post, but wanted to write about the specific pregnancy supplements I take.
These are the supplements I chose to take after consulting with my doctor, thyroid specialist and midwife. I share these for informational purposes only and not in any way as a suggestion of medical advice. This post is strictly informational and should only serve as a starting point for a conversation between you and your medical provider about the best supplements for pregnancy in your specific case.
Why Supplements for Pregnancy?
Pregnancy and nursing are times of a woman’s life when it is important to be vigilant about getting enough nutrients to nourish her little one and supplements can be helpful. There are also some supplements that are important to avoid during pregnancy and nursing and any pregnant woman should work directly with her care provider to make sure she is taking the correct supplements for her body and pregnancy.
As someone who has quite a bit of experience being pregnant and nursing over the last decade, I’ve seen first hand how supplements can make a pregnancy (and delivery) easier!
Each woman’s dietary and nutrient needs will vary, but as a general rule, a nutrient-dense diet is the most important factor in her ability to get enough vitamins and minerals during pregnancy and supplements can’t take the place of a healthy diet and good lifestyle habits.
When I am pregnant, I focus on consuming the following:
- Lots of high quality protein from high quality sources like grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and eggs, and wild, caught, sustainable seafood (smaller fish preferable). Organ meats from grass fed sources are also wonderful for pregnancy and nursing and can help reduce the chance of anemia.
- Large amounts of vegetables, especially green ones! Green veggies have folate, which is important for fetal growth, and are also high in many other nutrients. They help prevent the constipation that can sometimes occur during pregnancy, and are great for making sure nursing moms are getting enough vitamins. During pregnancy, I live by the motto of “When in doubt, eat more veggies.”
- Healthy Fats galore! Pregnancy and nursing are not times to skimp on healthy fats. Quality fats are absolutely vital for baby’s brain development, organ and tissue growth, and good milk production for mom. Sources like healthy meats, coconut oil and coconut products, olive oil, avocados, and nuts are especially good during pregnancy.
- Other high nutrient foods like homemade bone broth, soups, fermented vegetables like homemade sauerkraut, fruit (especially berries) and green smoothies are also great for pregnancy and nursing.
Supplements for Pregnancy
Even with the most solid diet, it can be difficult to consume enough of the necessary nutrients for pregnancy, especially with our modern food supply. For this reason, I take certain specially selected supplements while I am pregnant or nursing:
The supplement folic acid is commonly recommended, but there is substantial difference between folic acid (the synthetic form) and folate (the natural form). This article explains the difference in detail. The dosage is also slightly different, and some sources recommend as much as 1200 mcg of folate per day for maximum benefit. This amount should include the amount in multivitamins and any additional folate supplement (be sure to check multivitamins, as many contain the synthetic form!). Folate is one supplement that has been extensively studied for use in pregnancy and is extremely effective at preventing neural tube defects. It is also very inexpensive and easy for every pregnant woman to take.
NOTE: People who have a MTHFR defect will need to consult with a specialized practitioner and will probably need to take L-5-MTHF which is the methylated form of folate. I explain more in this post.
There is some debate on if a full multivitamin prenatal is necessary during pregnancy or not. While I don’t routinely take a multivitamin, pregnancy and nursing is one time that I do. A deficiency in a vitamin or mineral won’t make a tremendous, immediate impact on an adult in most cases, but during the intensive developmental phases of pregnancy, a nutrient deficiency can have lasting consequences for baby.
A high quality prenatal is an “insurance policy” or sorts to guard against deficiencies but should accompany a high nutrient diet! Many prenatals contain iron, though this isn’t necessary if you are consuming red meat from healthy sources and organ meats. Just make sure it doesn’t contain folic acid (but folate or methyl folate). This is the brand I use.
Probiotics are critical, especially during pregnancy. During the birth process, babies culture their beneficial gut bacteria from what the receive from mom when passing through the birth canal and from nursing in the months afterward. Unfortunately, this process doesn’t happen in the same way with cesarean deliveries, but research is finding ways to help facilitate this process.
Quality probiotics (Probiotics) help ensure that baby will get a good dose of beneficial bacteria during a normal vaginal delivery, which can reduce risk of ear infection and illness in the first few years. Good gut health also has a tremendous impact on lifelong health, and this is one of the most important things you can do for your baby’s health. Probiotics also help mom avoid illness and constipation during pregnancy, and might reduce the risk of Group B strep. Since baby’s gut bacteria continues to culture during the nursing time, it is good for mom to continue to take probiotics during this time as well.
There is a lot of emerging research that Vitamin D can help reduce the risk of many pregnancy related complications including gestational diabetes. It is important for baby’s bone and hormone development and helps support mom’s immune system during pregnancy. Some research suggests that nursing babies may be able to obtain Vitamin D from the mother’s milk if mom is getting more than 5,000IU/day. I take 5,000 IU/day while pregnant or nursing, unless I’m able to get 30 minutes or more of midday sun.
When supplementing, I only take Vitamin D3 with K2 and I occasionally test blood levels of vitamin D to make sure my levels don’t get too high.
I take magnesium all the time, but find it especially helpful in pregnancy. Severe magnesium deficiency can lead to poor fetal growth, preeclampsia, or even fetal death. Proper magnesium levels also help mom’s tissue growth and recovery during pregnancy and may help baby receive more nutrition through the placenta. It is very difficult to get enough magnesium from food sources anymore, so I typically use magnesium oil on the skin, or an ionic supplement. As a general rule, I don’t exceed 500 mg from all sources unless advised by my doctor.
During pregnancy and nursing, I take several tablespoons of coconut oil and other healthy fats in smoothies or tea daily as a supplement in addition to cooking with it. It is naturally immune boosting, supportive of baby’s brain development, and contains many of the components of breast milk to support nursing as well.
Third Trimester Pregnancy Tea
In the third trimester, I add in Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea (here’s the recipe). There is some limited research that Red Raspberry Leaf may increase the strength of contractions without increasing the pain and that it may shorten labor. While scientific studies are limited, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from women who swear that RRL helped shorten their labors or make it easier.
I personally mix RRL with with herbs and drink as a tea in third trimester because it is refreshing and an easy way to sneak in some extra nutrients since I’m already trying to consume more fluids.
Things I Avoid
Just as deficiency of some things can be dangerous during pregnancy, consumption or contact with other things can be harmful to a developing baby. In general, these are things I avoid during pregnancy (and all the time- not a complete list… do your own research):
- Artificial sweeteners
- MSG or chemical additives
- Diet Sodas or foods
- Vegetable Oils and trans fats
- Any herbs, drugs, or medicines without approval from your midwife or doctor (or your own research)
- BPA and plastic containers
- Aluminum in antiperspirants (make your own)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Sugars or sweeteners
- Artificial dyes or colors in food
- Chemicals in laundry detergent, personal care products and household cleaners
Did you take supplements during pregnancy? Are you pregnant now? Share below!
Discussion (397 Comments)
What is your opinion on DHA? I started to take Nordics Naturals DHA supplement at month 5 in my pregnancy. I’ve read somewhere that omega 3’s from fish oil can be harmful in the last trimester (this was from spectrum brands website – because of blood thinning capability). I’m confused. Should I just switch to the Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend – Capsules that you recommend instead?
I just did the FCLO/Butter blend during my last two pregnancies and from what I understand, the vitamin K helps with blood health and clotting and is also great for getting baby’s levels up. I also drank Red Raspberry and Nettle tea, which is great for the blood. With those two pregnancies, I bled very little after each delivery and those two have been my easiest babies. Definitely not a scientific study, but enough reason for me to keep taking them…
Thanks! I just started taking the FCLO/Butter blend in chocolate and wow, I’m surprised that I like it! 2 months to go on my pregnancy. My doctor was on the fence regarding taking DHA omega 3 supplements close to the end of the trimester, but she approved the magneisum supplements to help with the leg cramps and consitipation that comes with being pregnant. I really appreciate your blog – so glad I found it!
Hi Sarah, I was bought the cinnimon gel and can’t stomach it. I was planning to try the capsules but now I’m thinking of the chocolate. You use the gel?
How much of the FCLO/Butter blend gel or capsules did you take while pregnant/nursing? Thanks!
I know this was ten years ago (lol), but by chance do you remember how much of the fermented high vitamin butter cod liver oil you took? The amounts recommended by Weston are craaaazy big. I have the capsules and have been taking about four a day.
Katie no longer uses or recommends fermented cod liver oil due to questions about its safety. https://wellnessmama.com/health/fermented-cod-liver-oil-safe/
I’m nursing a newborn right now and just bought a bottle of natural calm. On the bottle it says to consulte with a doctor before taking if you are pregnant or lactating, or for children under four. Is this something to be concerned about, or is it just something that must be stated on the bottle of every supplement? (I also have a two year old who I would also like to give this supplement to.)
From my understanding, that is something that is put on practically every bottle. The same is on benadryl, tylenol, and many other meds that doctors consider “safe” during pregnancy. Personally, I take it during pregnancy and nursing as there is some evidence that it makes both easier. I also give it to my kids (5,3,2)
You linked to the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. Is this the one that you would recommend? I’ve also done some reading about Rainbow Light’s Prenatal one-a-day and Complete System. Any suggestion on which one I should take. The Complete System looks like it’s got almost twice the amount of everything (is that necessary?), as well as some extra greens. It’s also more expensive…
What to do???
Either one is great. New Chapter covers the bases and is cheaper, but Rainbow Light’s is good too…
I have taken both and discovered that I like the Rainbow light better. You only have to take it once a day and I feel like it has been worth every penny. I thought that New Chapter was the cream of the crop, but the Rainbow Light has won me over. I have three kids and pregnant with baby 4.
I stand by my New Chapter. They are the best you can buy-the highest quality and the best mix of ingredients. Plus, splitting the does into three allows you to take one with each meal, splitting up the iron and easing constipation and nausea.
Are there any others that are good? I read that New Chapter is now under P&G’s control. And I read that Rainbow light has american ginseng that is not good so it’s making me weary of buying it.
I would love to know your opinion on this Katie. Concerned about supporting P & G. Thanks!
I stopped using them because of the P&G ownership. I love Garden of Life Raw Prenatal.
MegaFood Baby and Me is really good too, and there is an herb and herb free version.
I’ve tried Garden of Life raw prenatal and within a month I had a whole body itch. It started off on my arms, then legs and eventually my back. It wasn’t a rash. I just felt really itchy. After itching it turned into one. So weird!! I’ve never been allergic to anything. It took me awhile to pin point the prenatals. Soon as I stopped the itching cleared up. Hmm.. maybe too much of a certain mineral? not sure, but I have since switched to Rainbow Light’s once daily prenatal and so far so good!
Garden of Life is now owned by Nestle.
I think Garden of Life is now owned by Nestle.
Hello, I just recently found out I am pregnant. I am checking into prenatal vitamins and I picked up New Chapter and then saw that it contains gluten (less than 20ppm), I’ m pretty strict paleo, did anyone have any difficulties with this amount of gluten, 3 times a day? Thanks for any response. I am from Canada, I haven’t seen the rainbow brand around here.
How many vitamin d/k2 amount did you take during pregnancy? The brand you linked that you use says it’s 1,000IU/200mcg k2. Do you then take 5,000IU/1000mcg k2. ? I’m unsure if that amount of k2 is safe to taken when pregnant or not.
Thankfully I had an amazing GP who asked me to take folic acid and omega three as soon as we were planning a pregnancy. Interestingly two amazing girls later I remembered that my adult acne only every left during pregnancy and started taking folic acid in a large doze – I’m happy to say that after 20 years of trying every pill and potion on the planet – ITS GONE! Peta
great list of supplements. i have not always been good with keeping up with my supplements. it’s rather expensive for one who is always pregnant or nursing.
do you have any additional supplements/advice for woman suffering (multiple) miscarriages.
Often, the cause of miscarriage can be insufficient progesterone levels. In this case, using a natural progesterone cream in the second half of the cycle and for the first couple of months of pregnancy will help sustain the pregnancy until the placenta starts making progesterone. Just look for a natural progesterone cream with no added herbs (like Dong quai) and no soy.
I am just now 5 weeks along in my first pregnancy. I have been following your blog (& meal plans) for the last 6 months or so & LOVE it all! Thank you for posting this! I have been taking a prenatal vitamin and 2000 iu of D3 daily. I now plan to up my intake of D3 since I don’t get the opportunity for sunlight very much and I will also start adding the probiotic & cod liver oil to my daily routine. Thanks again Katie 🙂
you mentioned on my wellness journal to take red raspberry leaf tea. Should this be continued throughout pregnancy as well?
Yep. I drink it throughout pregnancy, especially in the third trimester
There are several great non-animal protein sources such as quinoa, nuts, yogurt and beans. Not everyone eats meat or fish and it would be great if these were included in your list.
Animal proteins are the most complete protein and the most complete source during pregnancy. Those other foods do have protein as well but it is much more difficult to get enough complete protein without animal foods. I understand that this is more than a nutritional decision for some people and I don’t mean to discount those choices at all, but from a nutritional perspective, animal foods are the best sources of protein.
I’m sorry but that’s not accurate. Animal protein is not only acidic on the body but it’s extremely hard to digest and absorb so while you think there might be more protein in animal sources, the body cannot it utilize it. That’s why there’s so many meat eater that are anemic. Not only that, too much protein hardens the cells causing a lot of health issues including cardiovascular diseases. Plant sources have complete amino acids that are akaline on the body and are about 99% digestible and absorbed.
I was a little confused by your comment. You said that animal protein is not usable by the body but too much can cause hardening of the cells? If you can’t use it how does it get to your cells? Where is your proof for what you said? Some people may have a hard time digesting meat, yes. This is not true for the majority of people. People who are anemic could be that way because their digestive tract is in bad condition. A healthy digestive tract does a very good job at utilizing protein from meat. If one is worried about having too much protein(not sure why because your body will just excrete it), just don’t over eat meat!
T. Colin Campbell’s “The China Study” is a very good read about the scientific research on animal vs plant based protein and the benefits of a plant based diet for optimal health. The research is well conducted, unbiased and published in peer review articles. Research has debunked the theory of having to combine plant foods for “complete” proteins and plant based protein is not inferior to animal based sources but rather offers numerous benefits without the downside that comes with animal protein (casein in milk will leach calcium from the bones for example). The typical western diet far exceeds the daily recommended values for protein intake and having to excrete large amounts of protein puts strain on the body (the kidneys) and is thus why so many problems regarding protein are from too much rather than not enough.
The China Study was flawed research and has been disproven. This is just one article articulating it: https://deniseminger.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/
I used to be a vegetarian, for over 10 years. I wanted to stop eating meat from age 3, and finally could at age 18. By my late twenties, I developed allergies to legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, potatoes and eggs. I was forced to return to eating meat, even though I tried again and again to go back to being vegetarian or vegan. At one point, I had holes in my nails & hair, along with being anemic and weak. I couldn’t digest any protein at all for a long time & had to fix my digestion with massive amounts of proteases & probiotics. This took several years, at which point I finally stopped developing new allergies (I also became allergic to shellfish). I still have all those allergies, and I can therefore not be vegetarian.
I am not necessarily blaming my vegan diet for my allergies; both my mother & father have allergies, so I am susceptible. I did also become hypothyroid & diabetic on a vegan diet, gaining 120lb despite having an extremely healthy diet & calorie deficit. One size does not fit all when it comes to diet – and indeed many things regarding health.
I have, since becoming an omnivore again, lost 60lb & kept it off, attained & maintained blood sugar control (A1c 5.4), and was able to cut my thyroid medicine dosage by 75% because my T3 conversion improved immensely. My nails & hair are healthy, and the foods that make me feel best are greens, fish & red meat. No digestion issues with those foods at all, ever.
I am tired of vegans spreading misinformation about the digestibility of animal protein. If you are vegan for ethical reasons, that is amazing. If you can do it and be healthy, awesome! Just don’t spread lies. Wanting to spare animals’ lives is reason enough, don’t you think? I would still be vegan if I could, simply because I love animals & don’t want to kill them, but I also have a kid who needs me to not be terribly ill and malnourished. I buy pasture raised, organic animal products from suppliers I trust to be humane. We do the best we can.
Isn’t there also vitamin d in the fermented cod liver oil as well? I always thought that if I too that I didn’t need to supplement with more vitamin d.
There is, but not 5000 iu worth in a regular dose. It’s definitely best to measure blood levels if you can but most women need the additional during pregnancy…
i wellness Mama,
I am in my last month of pregnancy and am not due until the 15th of January. I have been taking FCLO (only half a teaspoon) every two days. The days I don’t take it I take Nordic Natural prenatal DHA supplements. I am worried about the vit A content in the FLCO that’s why I have a few days off. How much of the royal blend should I take for a healthy birth? I have read different reports and am worried about damaging bubba. ALso they found I had a low platelet count, should I take more FCLO to counteract that?
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated
I actually back down the last month and avoid the FCLO the last couple of weeks pre-delivery since it can have a blood thinning effect and just take the butter oil and eat lots of Vitamin K rich foods until after the birth
you mention FCLO having a blood thinning effect, I’m 20 weeks pregnant and wanting to start supplementing with other things besides just my prenatal- If you know ahead of time that you are having a c-section would you still take the FCLO up until the last month? typically any type of blood thinner and surgeries don’t mix so i’m curious.
Katie - Wellness Mama
I usually stop toward the end of pregnancy anyway
I am about 2 months pregnant with my third and I will definitely take less FCLO or stop toward the end of this pregancy. My second pregnancy was my first “natural” pregnancy and I took FCLO all the way through and I did bleed heavily after delivery. My midwives gave me a shot of pitocin because they were concerned with the amount of blood. I was completely fine! I didn’t have that problem with my first but then again I was in the hospital and had pitocin during labor, so I’m not sure if I would’ve bled more had i not had pitocin in my system. I suppose I will find out this time!
I saw that the vitamin d3-k2 supplement you linked to only has 1000 iu of d3. What do you do to get up to 5000 iu of D3 without overdoing the k2?
About the folic acid, in particular . . . my first has spina bifida which is a neural tube defect. This defect happens at about 28 days gestation. At that point, many women do not even know yet that they are pregnant. Folic acid is very important to take as soon as pregnancy is possible for you. As an aside, I have also read here and there that Vitamin A toxicity is a potential link to spina bifida. But toxicity is only a concern with the beta carotene type which is another good reason to get healthy vitamin A from animal foods instead of pills.
Excellent point… I should have explained that better and I agree.. folic acid is the most important before you know you need it. I basically take it all the time, just in case, and I’ve suggested this to others in the past too. Thanks for bringing that up. How is your little one doing? Also, great point on getting vitamin A from food sources!
What about the possible long-term negative effects of folic acid supplementation? I think the benefits definitely outweigh the risks during and before early pregnancy, but I’m hesitant to take such high levels continuously. Would folate be preferable? It seems safer than folic acid, though more expensive, unfortunately.
I’ve seen research on that too. I’ve alternated between folic acid and folate at times, though since I’ve been so continuously pregnant or nursing, I’ve felt safe taking these levels. Also, people eating a conventional diet consume more folic acid than they realize, since it is added to most processed foods, breads and grain-containing foods. Since I don’t eat any of these foods, I’ve always considered the higher level to be perfectly safe, but you are right, each person should evaluate the risks individually and a person eating high grain and processed food diet should supplement carefully.
Thanks for asking–my “baby” with spina bifida is now a very happy seven-year-old. He’s a parapalegic but very smart and relatively complication-free so far. Spina bifida is a hugely variable condition. The Spina Bifida Association published some research a year or so ago that indicated a correlation between high doses of folic acid in the latter part of pregnancy and a higher risk of breast cancer. Their conclusion was that the benefits outweigh the risks especially among moms who have already had one child with a NTD. But, really, folic acid will do nothing to help a NTD that has already occurred. I take high doses all the time except during the second and third trimester of pregnancy when I get the normal amount in a prenatal vitamin. (I’ve had three children since my first)
If you or the father has the MTHFR mutation, you will want to make sure you get the methyl form of folate and not folic acid.
“…and a person eating high grain and processed food diet should supplement carefully.”
Not everyone who eats “high grain”, however that is to be defined, automatically consumes a processed food diet as well. Maybe you meant to say “OR processed food”? Just asking.
There is nothing wrong with a modest consumption of grain – both during and outside of pregnancy & nursing – as long as you don’t have celiac disease or an outright allergy. The Weston Price folks have plenty of info on proper cooking of grains so as to make them highly digestible through inactivation of any antinutrients, e.g., phytates, etc.
Unless we are of aboriginal blood, our bodies are adapted to consumption and digestion of properly prepared grains in addition to all the other good foods you eat. Let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Thanks for considering this viewpoint.
I’ve written about grain consumption here: https://wellnessmama.com/575/problem-with-grains/
I got a little confused after reading this comment. So, you are reccomending folic acid over folate? Susan is saying that taking folic acid before becoming pregnant is very important. But, I thought you were saying to stay away from the folic acid pills and switch to folate. Please clarify for me as I am a bit confused. Thanks
I stand by my article: folate is the superior supplement, as it is the natural form of the vitamin. I was simply thanking Susan for reminding everyone of the importance of timing when taking this supplement. It is best to start as early as possible: even before getting pregnant, if possible.
One more question, even if I dont have the MTHFR gene should i still take folate instead of the folic acid? Or is folate mainly recommended for people with that gene? Im questioning if i should get the blood test that shows if i have that gene before getting pregnant so it made me question: Is folate more beneficial to anybody with or without the gene who is preparing to get pregnant? If so, the test seems unnecessary.
Judy- Everyone should be tested because it’s important to know which variant you have as it can affect other aspects of your health. With that said, everyone should also avoid folic acid, as it’s synthetic and harder for our bodies to use, regardless of whether or not we have mthfr.
Judy – While I agree with Ally in the sense that it can be beneficial to know one’s genetic status for a number of reasons, the answer to your question is that folate is preferable to folic acid for the entirety of the population, not just those with MTHFR. Switching from the synthetic to the natural form of the vitamin will not harm you in anyway, and could help if you are among the 50% or so of the population that carries at least one MTHFR mutation.
Just another voice chiming in to say that many women are not aware they have a common gene mutation (MTHFR) that prevents them from converting folic acid to a useable source of folate. New research is possibly linking synthetic folic acid to miscarriage (and other pregnancy complications) for this reason **for this demographic of women. FOLATE is absolutely vital for healthy mom and baby of course, and there are several prenatals that have a bioavailable, methylated form of folate that is safe for women who carry the mutation or not. A quick google search with keywords, “MTHFR; pregnancy; folic acid” will turn up all sorts of research to explain further. I’m on my fourth pregnancy and just learned of it myself. After two high risk pregnancies with complications and a miscarriage, I wish I would have known this sooner. I’m awaiting test results but quite certain I’m in this demographic of women. Just thought it might be vital information for at least a few readers. Blessings to all.
Katie - Wellness Mama
Great point Dawn. I have a whole post coming on this soon as I have the mutation as well. I actually now take L-MTHF instead.
Definitely looking forward to that post… good to know!!
Since this article is in reference to prenatal supplementation, I’ll add that I decided to go with the Seeking Health prenatal which is formulated by Dr. Ben Lynch (one of the main experts on MTHFR research) but it requires 8 pills a day plus it’s pricey. He also offers a protein shake as a replacement for the pills and although also pricey I’m leaning towards switching to that since it’s so much more convenient. I’d be interested to know what other women who carry the mutation use for sure… I have quite a few months ahead in this pregnancy still so trying to learn all I can now to hopefully make it to term healthy and well this time. Thanks for sharing all of your insight so generously here in this space, btw.
I also have the mutation and bought the optimal prenatal from seeking health. I just started today, how do you like them? I didn’t want to start with 8 pills, so I took 1 with breakfast and 2 with lunch to see how I tolerate them. So far so good.
I will be curious to read your article. I am newly pregnant and compound heterozygous for two MTHFR genes. My obgyn prescribed high doses of folic acid but I know methylated folate is the correct way to go. If he is prescribing 4mg of folic acid, would I also take 4m of methyl folate? Is it a one-o-one conversion? I’d assume I would take less, but not sure. Since folate is water soluble anyways, it isn’t possible to take too much, right? I’m following up with my Naturopath this week to inquire about this exact thing. I have a history of miscarriages plus a blood clotting disorder so I want to verify I’m taking the correct dosage. Thanks!
Katie - Wellness Mama
That is something I’ve been researching too… i think you would need less, but definitely talk to your doctor about it…
I am 19 weeks pregnant and have been taking a prenatal that has 800mcg of folate and I was taking an additional folate 800mcg. My doctor just recently advised me to stop taking the additional folate. He said it causes cancer later. Have you heard of this? Should I stop taking the additional folate. I’m confused. He also doesn’t think there is a difference between folic acid and folate. I have had several miscarriages taking folic acid in the past. As soon as I switched to folate I have had a healthy pregnancy (fingers crossed)
All of the studies I have seen show the cancer link with the synthetic form only, but at this point in pregnancy, reducing the amount should be fine. If possible it may be worth seeing a doctor who specialized in gene mutations and MTHFR to double check for any issues and to know proper dosage. So glad you are having a healthy pregnancy this time!
Why are doctors still writing prescriptions for multi with folic acid? I have a child with Autism and through two years of research and self education I now know my husband my son and I carry the Mthfr gene mutation as well. 98% of children with autism carry some variant of the gene. So so critical for expecting mothers to take the right firm of folate. Not synthetic garbage.
I wellness mama. Wondering with the liquid forms of supplements you take, do you add them to something or just squirt in mouth?
It depends, but I usually just take them straight.
So Wat are the supplement name that can get u pregant
Actually, the Vitamin A produced from beta carotene is better than animal sources of Vitamin A. Basically, your body only turns beta carotene into retinol (Vitamin A) if your body needs it, and if it doesn’t, the extra beta carotene is excreted. Here are a couple websites with good information about the safety of beta carotene: https://www.livestrong.com/article/527426-beta-carotene-while-pregnant/ and http://www.pregnancy.org/article/safety-vitamin-intake-during-pregnancy
I ordered the prenatal vitamins you suggested on Amazon and read they it suggests speaking tour doctor before taking if you are nursing. I am still nursing my two year old daughter, do you it would be OK to take these?
Vitamin A toxicity usually occurs from high dose retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetatea. Beta Caotene is a carotenoid found in plant foods that converts on average at a 12:1 ratio to retinol and is pretty safe at high doses.